Sunday, October 14, 2012

kuja boodi, kahan tha, kati osukh

Kashmiri Bakery, 2008


Kuja boodi, kahan tha, kati osukh?
Dere tha, khana boodam, gari osus.
Chi khordi,kya khyot, kya khaya?
Du nano, do rotian, tsochi jorah.


Where were you?
At home.
What did you eat.
Couple of loaves.


One of the tri-lingual ditties developed by Kashmiri pandits in old days to learn Persian. I think I have often heard parts of it from my grandfather, but always employed in humorous situations, he would say, Kuja boodi Tau Tau (Kuja boodi Blah Blah).  

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Found the complete ditty in 'Kashmiri Pandit Community: A Profile' by Triloki Nath Dhar.



2 comments:

  1. An excellent blog Vinayak. I always enjoy reading whenever I find the time ..and must admit that i end up spending inordinate time on it..one thing leads to another :-)
    But thanks..

    Anubha

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    1. Maybe one day I will add a warning on this blog, 'O, beware, my unknown reader! If you spend more that 2 minutes here, you will in fact end up spending more than 2 hours.'

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